When the lead character is a humanoid amphibian, you can almost guarantee the film is going to have a fair amount of CGI. Top that with a period time-line and a government-run facility and you'll find yourself in a totally rendered world. In this video, the VFX masterminds behind Shape of Water reveal how the made Guillermo del Toro's vision a reality.
Making a sequel to a beloved film 35 years later is no easy task. Pleasing fans, being original, and keeping the feel of the original is a lot to juggle — not to mention writing a compelling story without plagiarizing from the first film. Director Denis Villeneuve and crew did a phenomenal job with Blade Runner 2049. In this side-by-side video essay, Thomas Flight shows how they captured the setting with retelling the same story.
There are two ways you experience a movie — what you see and what you hear. Both are vitally important, although what you see takes the lion's share of the credit. Nerdwriter explains the importance of sound using scenes from Steven Speilberg's Munich and its excellent sound design.
It's the year of Joaquin. The actor is heading four films that will be released this year and this John Callahan biopic is one of them. Based on his memoir, Phoenix portrays the cartoonist who became a quadriplegic after a car accident following a day of drinking. The story follows him getting treatment for addiction under the guidance of his sponsor Jonah Hill and girlfriend Rooney Mara. Directed by Gus Van Sant, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot is set for release May 11, 2018.
Animator Richard Williams has been raiding the bar for what's possible in the medium for over 50 years. From his 1958 BAFTA-winning The Little Island to the Oscar-nominated short Prologue and a little film called Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Richard has been breaking barriers — and budgets — his whole career. The genius touch of Richard's work has been his use of movement, and The Royal Film Society digs deep into his process in this analysis.
Director Lynne Ramsay's first film in six years finds grizzled enforcer Joe taking on a rescue mission for a state senator. It's a straightforward job — until it very much isn't. Based on the novella by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here stars Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, and John Doman. In select theaters April 6, 2018.
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Guy Montag might have the most important job in his society — burning every book he can find. Guy's future is happy and carefree, but he begins to seriously question what it is he's doing and how it affects the people around him when he meets a young girl. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451 stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon with an upcoming release on HBO.
Penned by Bourne Trilogy's Tony Gilroy, Jon Hamm goes back to 1982 and heads to Beirut. The former U.S. diplomat attempts to negotiate for the life of a colleague while trying to find the man responsible for his wife's murder. Also starring Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris, the film is slated for release April 13, 2018.
Being a mother is a full-time job, with three kids, a husband, and a home, and Marlo needs a break. And some help. Marlo's brother gets a night nanny for her to relive some of the pressure, but sometimes taking a helping hand isn't easy. From the writer and director of Juno, Tully stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, and comes to theaters April 20, 2018.
Rumors are swirling that Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to get his own Star Wars spinoff. A release date of 2019-2020 is suspected, but nothing has been officially announced. In that vein, Smasher has released this concept trailer of what the story might be if the project makes it to theaters, with Ewan McGregor returning to the role.
In the world of film, a truly original movie is a rare thing. Sequels, remakes, adaptations — finding a story that hasn't been told before can be a rare thing. For a little help, CineFix made this compilation of their five favorite originals of all time.
Undercover spy. Blonde bangs. Licence to kill. Jennifer Lawrence is giving us major Atomic Blonde vibes in her first reunion with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. Based on the novel by Jason Matthews, Lawrence is a prima ballerina turned deadly assassin after being recruited for Sparrow School. Set for theaters March 2, 2018.
In 1881, William Wirt Winchester dies of tuberculosis, four months after his father, the founding of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Two years later, his wife Sarah began building what came to be known as the Winchester Mystery House — famous for its never-ending construction until Sarah's death in 1922. Claiming she was hounded by the spirits of those killed by Winchester arms, Sarah never stopped construction on the advice of a medium. Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built is her story, and comes to theaters February 2, 2018.
Workaholics is coming to the big screen. Not an official adaptation but the co-creators have made a feature film. Starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson, the trio goes full-on John McClane after the backer for their video game gets taken hostage by terrorists. The only problem is instead of off-duty cops, they're just hotel waiters. Directed by Kyle Newacheck, Game Over, Man! is scheduled for release March 23, 2018.
Made up of military-issue surplus tools, our Everyday Carry kit provides a few essentials that'll always be close at hand. The tiny, USA-made tool set is built to government specs, and includes a small steel pry bar (good for a variety of uses), black oxide steel tweezers (splinters and ticks, be gone), a micro grappling hook (don't ask), a pair of small screwkeys (one phillips, one flathead), and a capsule lighter (maybe the world's smallest). It's all strung up on a stainless steel aviation cable that's carried with a custom machined belt loop clip. Just add keys.
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There are growlers, and then there are growlers — this iteration from RBT is the latter. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, this two-liter vessel has a double-wall insulated construction to keep the cold in and everything else out, complete with an ergonomically-designed handle for pouring and, well, handling. Available in satin-black with a contrasting brass base, this functional and sharp-looking container will stand out wherever you use it.
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It's the classic game of truth or dare — but with far more dire consequences. A group of friends becomes entangled in a supernatural version of the teen party classic on trip to Mexico. They find out that refusing a dare or telling a lie means certain death. Starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, Truth or Dare comes to theaters April 27, 2018.
Based on an Instructables tutorial, Adam Savage built a pair of Deckard's binoculars from Blade Runner 2049. If you know anything about Adam, you know he's a massive Blade Runner fan, and being merely accurate isn't enough — it has to be identical to the movie prop. He makes a few mods to the original design, and comes up with something that could have easily been in the movie.
The Slenderman has sparked major controversy, leading a group of Wisconsin teens to stab a classmate. It's already been the topic of the 2016 documentary Beware The Slenderman and now the creepypasta meme is getting its own feature film. Directed by Sylvain White, the trailer is full of horrifying events — including a self-inflicted scalpel wound — while following four girls who set out to debunk the urban legend. Slender Man is slated for release May 18, 2018.
Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren in an all-out lightsaber battle is a video game we want to play. John Stratman sort of made that a reality when he created this arcade version of a scene from The Last Jedi where the two Jedi go head-to-head.
Although modern cinema relies heavily on dialogue to tell their stories, some filmmakers are skilled enough to get their point across with no words at all. Christopher Nolan is one of them. To demonstrate the power of visual storytelling, Nolan's latest film Dunkirk was edited down to an eight-minute silent film and even with its lack of sound, it's still just as intense as before.
After the death of his father, Logan and his mother Naomi move into a relative's vacant house. The house is for sale, and every Sunday the two leave so the home can be shown — but one visitor refuses to leave. Starring Dylan Minnette and Piercey Dalton, The Open House premieres on Netflix January 19, 2018.
Along with miniature sets, Blade Runner 2049 used special effects to create the futuristic Los Angeles. This digitally rendered world was created by Montreal's Rodeo FX. In this highlight reel, they showcase the work they did on the film which has already picked up numerous nominations.
For 24 hours, moms and dads around the world have a burning desire to off their own children. Unfortunately for this teenage girl and her little brother, their father just so happens to be Nicolas Cage. Also starring Selma Blair, the film is slated for release January 19, 2018.
Even more than the visual, the audible vocal qualities an actor or actress brings to a role can have a large impact on creating a unique character. Contrasting the struggle for control of Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood with the authority of John Wayne in his western films, Now You See It shows how the voice can create a character.
It's a remake of the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell romantic comedy, but with a twist — it's a spoiled rich playboy tormenting the woman he hired to clean his yacht. When he goes overboard and ends up in the hospital with amnesia, she convinces him he's married and struggling to make ends meet. Starring Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Derbez, Overboard comes to theaters April 20, 2018.
Carol Connors has god records, dated Elvis, and written lyrics for many pop songs. But she gets her inspiration from the same place we all do — while in the shower. Carol tells the story of writing the theme from Rocky and making it one of the greatest films ever.
Whether it's a novel, comic, or biography, Hollywood is full of adaptations. Almost every film is based on a story that's already been told. Of course, the book is always better but in some cases, the big-screen portrayal does do it's written predecessor justice. In their latest videos, CineFix breaks down five of those movies.
Directed by Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain, A Futile and Stupid Gesture will follow the twenty-year run of National Lampoon. The magazine rose to fame in the late 1970s and lead to the creation of films like Caddyshack and Animal House, as well as some of the greatest comedians of that era. Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson will play the publication's co-creators, while Martin Mull narrates as an older Doug Kenney. Also starring Jon Daly, Joel McHale, and John Gemberling, the biopic is set to begin streaming on Netflix January 26, 2018.
Businessman Harold Soyinka is about to be thrown to the wolves by his business partners, and he doesn't even know it. A mid-level executive in a pharma company that stops selling a pot pill to a Mexican drug cartel, Harold finds himself the captive of drug lord the Black Panther — while his wife is having an affair and he's losing his innocence. Starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Gringo comes to theaters March 9, 2017.